Monthly Archives April 2014

How long does it take to hike Table Mountain? – 29 April 2014

The quickest and easiest route up Table Mountain takes the average person between 1.5 and 2 hours. The duration belies the strenuousness of the hike. And it’s the least scenic and exciting route to the summit – better than taking the cable car, but falling short in doing justice to Table Mountain hiking. The next easiest route is either more technical and exposed to heights or
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Photo of the week – April week #4: Frustration Gorge

Back in the early 1930s, two intrepid cragsmen from the Mountain Club of South Africa attempted to put a route up an obscure buttress on a far-flung corner of Table Mountain and met with an unclimbable section a mere 20 feet from the top. They tried everything to get up that last bit of sheer rock, probed left and right for a break in the cliff’s defences that
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Hiking Table Mountain 'unplugged' – 26 April 2014

To pit yourself against something is to know it. Hiking Table Mountain off-the-beaten track is to experience it unplugged. It gives you insights into the essence of the mountain -her true nature and mood. Facing up to the mountain’s more difficult terrain gives you an intimate experience with it that transcend the casual acquaintance obtained from ascending one of the main routes. Table Mountain hikes off-the-beaten
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Hiking Table Mountain ‘unplugged’ – 26 April 2014

To pit yourself against something is to know it. Hiking Table Mountain off-the-beaten track is to experience it unplugged. It gives you insights into the essence of the mountain -her true nature and mood. Facing up to the mountain’s more difficult terrain gives you an intimate experience with it that transcend the casual acquaintance obtained from ascending one of the main routes. Table Mountain hikes off-the-beaten
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Photo of the week – April week #3: Blinkwater Peak

Porcupine Buttress is the first of the 12 Apostles: the first in the line of 17 buttresses extending behind the tabletop summit of Table Mountain. Most of the Apostles have its own distinct peak, but not Porcupine; though a well-defined buttress along its lower portions, it merges into the mountain further up and culminates seemingly peaklessly on the Apostle skyline. But there is a peak, known
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Hike Table Mountain off-the-beaten track – 14 April 2014

Few people realize that much of Table Mountain is still pristine wilderness and includes places people rarely set foot, if ever. Some of the best viewpoints on Table Mountain seldom sees hikers, a good example being Grootkop, one of the 12 Apostles. Hiking routes run along the length and breadth of the mountain, some following well-defined trails, others the slightest suggestion of a trail. Some
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Photo of the week – April week #2: Blinkwater Needle

A rare delight on any Table Mountain hike is the opportunity to surmount a pinnacle. Blinkwater Needle must rank as one of the most conspicuous pinnacles on Table Mountain. Located at the top of Blinkwater Ridge on the north side of Porcupine Buttress, first of the 12 Apostles, it offers unsurpassed views onto mountain and sea. It can be reached via Blind Gully, a challenging
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Hiking Table Mountain… and not forgetting Devil's Peak – 5 April 2014

Devil’s Peak is part of Cape Town’s iconic mountainous backdrop, rising to the left (east) of Table Mountain. Despite its attractive shape, Devil’s Peak receives far less attention than its illustrious parent ‘peak’, Table Mountain. Thanks to Table Mountain’s unique shape, slightly greater stature and renowned cable car, Devil’s Peak stands fairly neglected at its side. The English were the first to name the peak
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Hiking Table Mountain… and not forgetting Devil’s Peak – 5 April 2014

Devil’s Peak is part of Cape Town’s iconic mountainous backdrop, rising to the left (east) of Table Mountain. Despite its attractive shape, Devil’s Peak receives far less attention than its illustrious parent ‘peak’, Table Mountain. Thanks to Table Mountain’s unique shape, slightly greater stature and renowned cable car, Devil’s Peak stands fairly neglected at its side. The English were the first to name the peak
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Photo of the week – April week #1: Table Mountain from the east

One of the best things about hiking Table Mountain is that it gives you different perspectives onto the mountain and surroundings. Take for example the above photo: most Capetonians – even locals familiar with Table Mountain hiking – won’t be able to tell with conviction the mountain in the picture. It’s none other than the famous and iconic tabletop summit of Table Mountain, but view
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